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The Greater Northside community has quickly become a destination location through the accessibility of the new Metro Rail, B-Cycle and Heritage Hike and Bike Trail. With the Tour de Northside and Mercado de Northside, the Greater Northside Management District and Neighborhood Centers, Inc are both thrilled to have yet another venue to further showcase and promote the talent and entrepreneurship of this rapidly developing Houston community.

Open Architecture Houston has collaborated to design and construct a pop up tent for the Mercado De Northside. Teams have worked to re-imagine the standard aluminum pop-up tent in a way that will not only effectively serve the needs of the Mercado, but that will also provide a unique branding opportunity for vendors and event sponsors. OAH has worked with Greater Northside Management District, community members and volunteers to design and refine a tent prototype. With a grant from Avenue CDC, OAH volunteers have constructed 10 tents to serve the vendors of the Mercado de Northside.

The tent is built of wood, locally made cardboard tubes, and other reusable and recyclable resources. It is fully retractable, light, and easy to assemble and carry. The canopy protects against rain and provides shade, serving as a unique opportunity to showcase local artists. Two local artists, Rose Toro and Tony Parana, have painted the first two canopies to be on display at the Mercado de Northside. Greater Northside Management District and OAH will work with artists to paint each remaining canopy, giving a unique identity to each tent and vendor’s space, while creating a cohesive and expressive vision for the Mercado.

 

The project's story in pictures

 
 Site view: El Castillo de Northside

Site view: El Castillo de Northside

 
  Design   meeting with OA/H and   Design youth

Design meeting with OA/H and Design youth

 
 Model research session

Model research session

 
 Prototype building weekend

Prototype building weekend

 
 First set up at the Mercado de Northside

First set up at the Mercado de Northside

 
 The tent: Cardboad tubes and assembly wood pieces

The tent: Cardboad tubes and assembly wood pieces

 
 Working weekend: Building 10 tents

Working weekend: Building 10 tents